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Resources for Faculty: Collection Development

The Library Collection is Built Through Partnership

Help us build the collection in your area...

We welcome suggestions from you for books and other materials. Simply fill out the acquisitions form to submit orders. Since our library is a teaching library for undergraduates, please be aware that your requests should be suitable for an undergraduate readership. See our Collection Development Policy for more details. Questions about this process can be directed to your library liaison.

....and in other areas

We know that many faculty members have knowledge and interests that may be outside of their own discipline. We invite you to recommend books or other materials that aren't specific to your departmental program. Please feel free to pass such recommendations along to us. Though our first aim is to support the curriculum, we want to build a solid liberal-arts collection that covers areas not necessarily specific to Gustavus course offerings.

Videos and Streaming Media

Generally, we acquire DVD versions of videos because streaming options don't offer the price and usage rights that work best for Gustavus. The covid pandemic has altered our practices somewhat to support changing teaching modalities. Please see our Streaming Video page for more information. We encourage departments to order videos through the library so they can be a campus-wide resource. (We also often get discounts.) We can put videos on reserve for your students to view in the library or check them out to you for classroom use. The check-out period for videos is shorter than for books, but we can extend the period as needed.

Subscriptions to journals and electronic databases

We also welcome your requests for journals and databases. Librarians consider database requests individually as they arise. Please send recommendations to us via your liaison librarian, although please note that many database subscription prices often cost much more than what the library budget can support. We will certainly investigate pricing options for all database requests that support student learning. 

Special funds

We also have several endowed lines that have a subject focus. We appreciate your help in making use of these funds and encourage you to submit orders for these funds.

  • Alexis - American Studies
  • Hiram Drache - Western European History
  • Ebba Carlson - for cutting-edge materials in the field of biology
  • Edgar M. Carlson - Religion; Lutheran studies in particular
  • Myron Falck Fund - Music and music recordings
  • Gender, Women's, and Sexuality Studies
  • GLA Diversity - for purchasing materials related to diversity widely-defined
  • Hasslequist Fund - International studies
  • Maurice Moe - legal materials related to our mission and curriculum
  • Scandinavian Studies
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